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German pharmaceutical group Bayer has seen a steep drop in sales following a US verdict ordering its subsidiary, agricultural giant Monsanto, to pay damages to a man who said ingredients in one of its weedkillers had caused his cancer. more

SABIC, a world chemical industry leader, has launched its STADECK™ heavy- duty panel for the building and construction industry. more

Sika has announced its takeover of Polypag, a Switzerland-based manufacturer and developer of polyurethane foam systems. more

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Renmatix, a global leader in plant-based technology, have announced they will be jointly developing biomass-based performance additives that improve the properties of architectural paints and construction materials. more

The Small Robot Company, a UK-based agritech start-up has raised £50,000 through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. more

EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertiliser producer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Heilongjiang Beidahuang Farms, part of Beidahuang Group, China’s largest agricultural company, to supply potash and other NPK fertilisers. more

BASF will be extending its cooperation with Belgian company Materialise, a leading supplier of 3D printing technologies. more

Lehigh Technologies, a specialty chemicals company that produces sustainable raw materials from end-of-life tires and post-industrial rubber, yesterday shared the news that production has started at its new Spanish plant. more

BASF is looking into the possibility of building a highly-integrated 'Verbund' chemical production site in the South Chinese province of Guangdong. more

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is focusing on accelerating technological breakthroughs at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, by investing in its R&D facilities here. more

Temacoat HS-F Primer, the newest member of Finnish company Tikkurila's wide range of industrial coatings, is a durable, all-seasons epoxy coating with optimal anti-corrosion properties, fast overcoating times and excellent adhesion to steel. more

EQT VIII, with PSP Investments as co-investor, is to acquire Azelis, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients with a global presence in more than 40 countries. more

Tata Steel Europe and South Korean steelmaker POSCO, have signed an agreement to develop a new generation of steel products for automakers and other manufacturers to access. more

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is constructing a demonstration plant at its Stenungsund site in Sweden to showcase a more sustainable technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide. The facility marks the n more

At ACHEMA in Frankfurt am Main, from 11–15 June 2018, Eisele will be presenting its INOXLINE push-in fittings for optimum system safety in process technology and the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries. more

ACHEMA 2018 starts today, and among the wide range of exhibitors from across the global process industry will be a strong French contingent. A total of 31 French companies and organisation will present their expertise and innovations. more

The UK government should focus on 10 specific bio-based chemicals, in order to boost industrial growth, jobs, trade and investment in the UK, says a new report. Bio-based chemicals are produced from plants, rather than petroleum. They are set to di more

Hempel Group, the parent company of Crown Paints, has announced it will be acquiring a 65 per cent stake in leading German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf (JWO) as part of a strategic bid to boost its global decorative business. more

TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland and DOMO Chemicals have inaugurated their new benzene production and extraction joint project. more

A new joint venture between Perstorp AB and 3D4makers BV, ElogioAM, will develop new material solutions for additive manufacturing. more

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